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Lisa Vaas is a journalist who analyzes technology and job-hunting strategies.

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Test Your Cover Letter

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Use my handy-dandy new test to score your cover letter before submission/deal-blowing.

How to Write a Thank-You Note When You Didn’t Get the Job

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Run your letter through the quiz I wrote for TheLadders to make sure it’s gracious enough to build bridges instead of torching your future job chances.

Thank-You Letter Quiz

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Test your thank-you letter to determine whether it would pass muster with our panel of hiring professionals. Check out the full story.

The Letter to Write When You Don’t Get the Job

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Don’t get mad; get gracious. A follow-up letter after you don’t get the job is so rare, you’ll stand out. It may even lead to future recommendations or another job. Read the full article here.

Follow Up Without Being a Pest

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How to Write an Effective Resignation Letter

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A good resignation letter leaves a warm, fuzzy feeling for managers and human resources managers when you go, as opposed to the smell of burning bridges. Read the full story here.

How Not to Follow Up After a Job Interview

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Angry e-mail? Check. Thank-you messages read from scripts? Check. Here’s a rogues’ gallery of what else not to do.